Old System, New Install Isuue

James Butler jbutler at uniteddefensegroup.com
Tue Apr 28 15:58:30 PDT 2009


Fedora Core 4 (Linux 2.6.17-1)
yum install xorg-x11 (v.6.8.2)

This is a "headless" dedicated system with FC4 pre-installed by the
hosting service. It is one of hundreds in a remote rack. I have no
direct access to the system.

I have been running and updating this system using the CLI for about 3
years, however I now need some sort of X system running if I want to run
VisualChat software for my users. Its Java programming requires a
windows manager (X) when run on a Linux box.

Since I had no X installed on this system, I used yum to install it,
seemingly without any issues. All of the dependencies (i.e. xinit) were
successfully installed, as well.

After installing xorg-x11, I ran "X -configure" to generate a
system-specific config file. I am now stuck with the server failing to
start and generating no error messages that I can act upon.

Executing 'X -config /user/xorg.conf.new', I see this midway through the
Xorg.0.log file:

======== Xorg.0.log snippet start ==========
(II) I810(0): Display Info: CRT: attached: FALSE, present: FALSE, \
  size: (0,0)
(II) I810(0): Currently active displays on Pipe A:
(II) I810(0): 	CRT
(==) I810(0): Display is using Pipe A
(II) I810(0): Will use BIOS call 0x5f05 to set refresh rates for CRTs.
======== log end ==========

And then this at the end of the log (when everything halts):

======== Xorg.0.log snippet start ==========
(WW) I810(0): Successfully set original devices
(WW) I810(0): Setting the original video mode instead of restoring \
  the saved state
(WW) I810(0): Extended BIOS function 0x5f05 failed.
(II) I810(0): BIOS call 0x5f05 not supported, setting refresh with \
  VBE 3 method.
(II) I810(0): xf86UnbindGARTMemory: unbind key 7
{unbind key 0,1,3,2,4,5,6 follow}
(WW) I810(0): Successfully set original devices (2)
======== log end ==========

boom. It gets no further.

So a BIOS failure to call 0x5f05 would seem to indicate a problem
getting the (non-existent) monitor to initialize.

Is it possible to run X without an attached monitor, mouse or keyboard?

Shall I post the full Xorg.0.log and my xorg.conf.new file?

I appreciate any guidance.


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